Yet Another Tale of the Awful, Awful People at ICE

I have long maintained that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has some of the worst un-American tendencies of any identifiable group in the country. Whether they’re turning back friendly tourists, keeping out musical styles they don’t understand, jailing people for years and deporting them for crimes they were never convicted of, or letting […]

Taking a Look at Obama’s Immigration Reform

I just got an email from Cecilia Muñoz, who is the Director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, outlining the administration’s proposal for immigration reform. Rather than use the abbreviated description in the email, I’ll use the slightly wordier summary on the Whitehouse web site: FACT SHEET: Fixing our Broken Immigration System so Everyone Plays […]

Bringing a Family Home

A friend of mine has a son who has serving in a branch of the U.S. military. While stationed at a base in another country, he met a young woman. One thing lead to another, nature took its course, and they got married. Shortly thereafter, they had a baby daughter. Then his overseas assignment ended, […]

Crushing Immigrants’ Dreams

I’ve been following Jack Marshall’s Ethics Alarms blog for a few months now. He does a good job of discussing ethical issues in the news, but he also has some rather distasteful attitudes about immigration. In the past, I’ve been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because his ethical opinion, however wrong-headed […]

Illegal Aliens to be Welcomed in Denver

With all of the bat-shit crazy, radical fear mongering about how illegal aliens will destroy our great Christian nation, Denver may actually pass a ballot initiative welcoming them with open arms. Or tentacles, maybe. The Wall Street Journal has an article all about it. (Sorry, it may be behind a pay wall.) Ballot Initiative 300 would require the […]

Are Restaurants That Hire Illegal Immigrants Ethical?

I just noticed that ethicist Jack Marshall has addressed the ethics of hiring illegal immigrants: Are Restaurants That Hire Illegal Immigrants Ethical? No. Sigh. I agree with a lot of what Jack Marshall has to say about ethics. For example, he’s dead-on to call out the Obama administration for this censorious nonsense. But when it […]

Illegal Immigration and the Criminal Enterprise

In my previous post about illegal immigration, I asserted that, What illegal immigration amounts to is taking your turn when you’re not supposed to. It’s the moral equivalent of fishing without a permit, or running a red light when there’s no other traffic. That brought the following response from commenter “mahtso”: “Arizona is the busiest entry […]

So What If It’s Illegal?

A couple of years ago, I wrote about an immigration analogy I read on another site. I don’t want to repeat the whole thing, but here’s the key part I didn’t like: Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests. Let’s say I break into your house. Let’s say that when […]

Why Does Immigration Law Suck?

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the case of Jerry Lemaine, an immigrant who has been living in the United States for 25 years, who was busted for pot twice — convicted only once — and has now spent three years in jail awaiting possible deportation because of his “crimes.” I put “crimes” […]

ICE Is Un-American

Opponents of increased immigration to the United States often justify their bigotry by claiming that foreigners don’t understand American values. I’m sure there’s some truth to that, but I usually feel that the most un-American values are held by people who are already here. And whether it’s turning back friendly tourists, keeping out musical styles they […]

Cruelty In the Name of Fair Immigration

A few days ago, the fine folks at Popehat explained why they want to kick a harmless German immigrant family out of the country. The Popehat guys seem like nice folks, so I assume they don’t mean it the way it sounds, ’cause it sounds pretty bad. The Romeike family didn’t like the way the public […]

Immigration Control As Cultural Critic?

Yet another reason to get rid if the INS: When Jordan Peimer booked an Argentine band that fuses Jewish Klezmer music with tango, he thought he had the perfect act to headline his “Fiesta Hanukkah” concert. … That was before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services weighed in with some cultural commentary of its own. […]

More About the Undesirables in Our Country

I was going to write something about Hiu Lui Ng’s death from untreated cancer while in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, but Scott Greenfield beat me to it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The undesirables who hate American values are already here, and they work for Homeland […]

“It’s unkind, it’s disrespectful.”

I don’t know much about former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, but I have a feeling we wouldn’t see eye-to-eye about too many things. Nevertheless, Reason TV has a wonderful excerpt from a recent speech of his that comes very close to capturing how I feel about the immigration issue.

The Undesirables are Already Here

Go read this first-hand account of Icelandic citizen Eva Ósk Arnardóttir’s visit to the United States. Because she overstayed her visa by three weeks in 1995, she was refused admittance, meaning she had wasted the cost of her flight. Then she was detained, photographed, fingerprinted, questioned, searched, refused access to someone from her nation’s embassy, […]